The International Consumer Electronics Show of 2015 proved that wearables and connectable home electronics are what people truly get excited about. While there were some high end electronic appliances at the show, most of them lacked connectivity to other devices. People want to be able to control other devices and appliances with their Smartphones. The concept of everything being “smart” related is something that tech companies better get used to or else they will be missing out on a huge consumer base. One of the biggest electronics categories that did well was home theater and security technology because they both offered connectivity features.
The Hom Bot Vacuum by LG certainly made an impression at the show. This computerized vacuum remotely cleans up dust and debris from your floor. It has two front facing cameras which can be viewed through your Smartphone. So not only does it act as a cleaner, but it can be used for surveillance as well because it moves on its own.
The Motorola Hubble Smart66 is another security piece of technology that is meant for baby monitoring and watching your kids at nighttime. Not only that, but it can give you scientific data as to how well your baby sleeps. It records their rate of movement during the night and throughout their naps. This gives caretakers the ability to know how much sleep their child has actually gotten and if they should be put down for another nap.
Belkin has increased their WeMo product line to over 25 new appliances and products. If you don’t know what WeMo is, they connect the user’s Smartphone to cloud based applications that give them the ability to control home appliances through their Wi-Fi connection. These appliance brands include Crock Pot, Mr. Coffee and Holmes. Imagine driving home from work and setting your Mr. Coffee to brew you a new cup right before you get into the door. The very idea alone has people very excited.
Okidokeys is a new form of smart locking where a user can lock and unlock their door by using an app on their Smartphone. However, with Okidokeys you don’t have to replace your existing lock because it connects right over the lock on the side portion of your door. And besides using your phone to unlock the door, you can also use key fobs as well. All you have to do is commit to purchasing a Wi-Fi gateway device so you can successfully connect to Okidokeys through a Wi-Fi connection.
Finally, Staples Connect was introduced by Zonoff at the CES. It connects multiple devices together through a special hub device. Users won’t even have to check if their devices are compatible because the Staples Connect app lets you choose and purchase compatible devices by their type. The various types include lights, thermostats, wristbands, speakers and locks.